|Townsend Artisan Guild|
While taking a walk on a gorgeous fall day just outside the Smokey National Park in Townsend, Tennessee, U.S.A., I stumbled across Townsend Artisan Guild. The Townsend Artisan Guild was founded in 2007 for fine artists and fine crafts persons from East Tennessee to promote education, exploration, awareness, and development of arts.
The group strives to promote community interest in and appreciation of the arts through participation in events, demonstrations, classes, festivals, and workshops. I noticed the sign and several Halloween displays outside. This eye catching witch from the Wizard of Oz was created by a local 3rd grade class and a perfect example of their community outreach.
|Artistic expression of local 3rd class|
|another part of inside of artisan guild|
Once inside, I was welcomed by one of the artists. We chatted about our backgrounds. I mentioned that I made beads and jewelry and she made art with paper mache. I was invited to take a behind the scenes tour. I was warned that they were only opened recently and everything was not on display yet or ready for public view. I snapped at the opportunity.
|Artist working with paints and wax.|
|Felted jacket being worked on|
I was delighted to see there were numerous fiber artists there. Even though I am not a fiber artist, I frequent fiber artist Sandra Sapienza's NeedleArts Adventure Retreats which are held twice a year and attended by many well know fiber artists. I am always amazed at what these artists create.
|More fiber art|
|Isn't this a beauty!|
|Work area of Silk Scarf Painter|
I couldn't leave without buying something. I loved it all but what would a beader buy but a necklace! I just had to have a bear necklace made by my tour guide and paper mache artist Sharon Webb.
Of course, I have 2 bear necklaces for sale in my Etsy store.
|Chunky Bear Necklace by Bay Moon Design|
|Brown Bear Necklace by Bay Moon Design|
If you are in the area next Sat. Oct. 24, 2015, stop by Cades Cove Winery in Townsend, TN for the Townsend Artisan Guild exhibit where lots of these goodies will be on sale. Also, sample some Cades Cove Wines. Blackberry is my favorite.
By the way, I spotted 2 bears in Cades Cove!